'Concussions' Bill Making Its Way Through Oklahoma Legislature

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 2:31 pm
By: Karl Torp

Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to clear the fog surrounding concussions by putting new protocols in place to protect kids.

For years State Rep. Dan Kirby from Tulsa and Broken Arrow has be writing new concussion legislation. His bill could be on the Governor’s desk for approval within two weeks and it affects more than high schoolers.

“The intent is 7th grade and up, organized sports,” about Kirby about who is included.

His bill requires coaches, officials and volunteers of any organized sporting event, even one's outside of school, undergo online training to better recognize when an athlete has been concussed and can’t return to the field of play.

Kirby's bill also includes procedures schools and athletic associations must follow to clear a student for the field.

“When these kids have a concussion, they are not immediately able to go back and function,” added Kirby.